Brains will only get you so far and luck always runs out

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I can’t figure out if they’re real smart of just really, really lucky.

INT. THELMA’S HOUSE – MORNING

HAL:
I just don’t know what we’re dealin’ with here. I’ll tell you one thing. I don’t want anybody losin’ their heads. You know what happens. The volume gets turned way up and the next thing you know those girls are gonna get shot. Anyway, it went out again last night on nationwide teletype. Let’s just wait it out a little longer. She said she was gonna call back. Let’s just sit tight.

INT. JIMMY’S APARTMENT – MORNING

MAX:
We don’t have a whole lotta choice, do we? I can’t figure out if they’re real smart or just really, really lucky.

HAL:
(offscreen, on phone)
It don’t matter. Brains will only get you so far and luck always runs out.

screenplay by Callie Khouri (born November 27, 1957)
available in Thelma and Louise and Something to Talk About (Screenplays) (July 12, 1996)
the movie – Thelma and Louise (1991)
image – dierk schaefer

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One Response to “Brains will only get you so far and luck always runs out”

  1. Murfomurf Says:

    It is sooo right- brains don’t get you very far, except in the eyes of school principals! You need self esteem, confidence (or ability to act that way), emotional resilience, NOT a depressive nature, persistence and good social skills with all age groups! Then you can call on the luck! I could do with a fair bit of all of the latter right now!!